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DARREL WALTRIP

Professional Race Car Driver

Born: February 5, 1947 – Owensboro, Kentucky

Currently: an American motorsports analyst, author, national television broadcaster, and former racing driver.

Starting his driving career in Go-karts at age 12, Waltrip entered his first stock car race just four years later.

Major Career Records:

Raced in NASCAR’s top series for 29 seasons; 84 victories;

Three-time NASCAR Cup Series champion (1981, 1982, 1985) and a three-time NASCAR Cup Series runner-up (1979, 1983, 1986). 

He is ranked second for all-time pole positions with 59, including all-time highs with 35 on short tracks and eight on road courses. Competing in 809 Cup starts over four decades and 29 years (1972–2000), he has scored 271 Top 5's and 390 Top 10's. Winning $19,886,666.00 in posted earnings, he became the first NASCAR driver to be awarded over $10 million in race winnings, more than $26 million in today's currency.

He has additionally won 13 NASCAR Busch Grand National Series races, seven American Speed Association (ASA) races, three IROC races, two Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) races, two NASCAR All-American Challenge Series events, two All Pro Racing Association races, and a USAC race.

He has been inducted in numorous Halls of Fame, including the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America for 2003, the International Motorsports Hall of Fame for 2005. After being nominated for the inaugural 2010 and 2011 classes, he was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame's 2012 class.

At the height of his NASCAR Winston Cup success in the early 1980s, fans often booed Waltrip, in large part because of his success on the track defeating more established drivers with large fan followings, but also because of his open criticism of NASCAR, his aggressive "take no prisoners", "win at all costs" approach to driving. 

Darrell Waltrip’s spectacular 1991 Pepsi 400 Crash at Daytona Beach International Speedway in Florida.

At the height of his NASCAR Winston Cup success in the early 1980s, fans often booed Waltrip, in large part because of his success on the track defeating more established drivers with large fan followings, but also because of his open criticism of NASCAR, his aggressive "take no prisoners", "win at all costs" approach to driving. 

Family: Stephane “Stevie” Rader & two children.

Younger brother, Michael Waltrip, is also a professional race car driver.

As an author:

DW: A Lifetime of Going Around in Circles", a New York Times best seller when it was released in 2004.

He’s also written a daily devotional called, “Darrell Waltrip One on One – The Faith That Took Him To The Finish Line.” … both available on Amazon.com

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